Services

Passage Childbirth education will cover:

  • Anatomy of late pregnancy
  • Getting relief from common pregnancy discomforts
  • Movement and nutrition for optimal pregnancy and birth
  • Labor process
  • Hormones of labor
  • Comfort measures, techniques, and strategies for labor
  • Common birth interventions and medications
  • Cesarean Birth
  • Postpartum planning

Passage prenatal Breastfeeding classes will cover:

  • Why breastmilk is so magical
  • The benefits of breastfeeding to both mom and baby
  • The first latch
  • Skin to skin contact and rooming in
  • The Breast Crawl and baby led breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding positions and deep latch strategies
  • Newborn cues and feeding patterns
  • Milk supply and demand, managing and establishing your supply
  • What to expect in the first days/weeks
  • Night time feeds and sleep expectations for the first year
  • How to tell if your baby is getting enough
  • Hand expression
  • Common issues and their warning signs
  • Milk collection and storage
  • Nutrition suggestions
  • Pumping and going back to work
  • Bottlefeeding the breastfed baby
  • How to best support a breastfeeding dyad
  • Supplies and accessories many people find helpful
  • What to do if you need more help
  • Personalized breast assessment (optional)


Lactation Consultation

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a specialist in the clinical management of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding support has been shown to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration, improve mental health, increase self-esteem, increase confidence, foster parenting skills, and improve the overall experience. A lactation consultant can assess your breasts and pertinent history prenatally to identify any potential challenges and assist postpartum with any breastfeeding challenges that do arise such as:

  • Painful latch
  • Slow weight gain
  • Feeling like feedings are too long
  • Fussy baby at the breast
  • Sore/injured nipples
  • Questions about supplementation
  • Milk supply concerns (too much or too little)
  • Breastfeeding after breast augmentation or reduction
  • Questions about pumping and milk storage
  • Preparing to go back to work
  • Bottle refusal
  • Assessing oral restrictions
  • Other general concerns about breastfeeding

During an initial consultation I will take a medical history and assess both you and your baby in relation to feeding. We will use a scale to track your baby’s intake while feeding. Initial consultations last around 90 minutes and follow ups take around 60 minutes. Please try to time your feeds for the day so that your baby is ready to eat soon after our visit begins.


Passage New Parent Support Circle (Coming Soon!)

Drop in to share a story, have a snack, and make a new friend. There will be a large focus on breastfeeding, but all moms and babies and feeding methods are welcome!

  • Lactation consultant (IBCLC) present and a scale is available
  • Snacks provided
  • All babies, regardless of age, welcome
  • Guest speakers and presentations
  • Gentle yoga and mindfulness practices
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